Being Sustainable about Gift Wrapping

By on December 22, 2011

Every year, a huge amount of waste is produced by the wrapping paper, shopping bags, and packaging that goes into our holiday shopping. According to, wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S.

Those numbers are shocking, and it is truly an incredible amount of waste that I promised myself to stop contributing to. This year I’ve wrapped all my gifts in recycled paper or fabric. It’s easy, and I’m sure you’ve got things like grocery store paper bags, ribbons, and what not waiting to be recycled in a creative way.

Here are some great DIY ideas and sustainable tips I have collection for making your gift wrapping this holiday season something the earth can be proud of:

1. Wrap your gift with a paper grocery bag from that stash of yours, and decorate with a simple white marker for a sophisticated and chic take on wrapping paper.

2. Make a festive bow from old magazine tears. I love this idea and hope I never have to buy store-made bows again!

3. Go outside and collect some beautiful twigs, branches, or pinecones for beautiful natural wrapping paper from the earth itself!

And its not hard to simply recycle the gift wrap you receive presents in. I hope you come up with your own clever ways of reducing waste this holiday season (as well as year round, of course!) and wish you happy holidays!



Read more about the facts about wrapping paper here.

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